Forsyth Community Gardening has compiled the following guides and forms to make
it easy for new and established garden groups to participate in our programs, including:
If you have trouble finding what you're looking for, please contact Megan Gregory.
Starting or Revitalizing a Community Garden
Forsyth Community Gardening has several worksheets for groups starting a garden,
or for people seeking to engage a new group of members to revitalize a
garden. Please adapt and use these files with your gardening group to gauge your
community’s interest, gather broad input on garden goals and guidelines, secure
needed resources, and craft your garden's mission statement, policies, and plot-holder's
agreement. Our Community
Garden Start-Up Packet contains the 6 resources listed below as a single
document. You may also download each resource individually using the links below.
Files are posted here in pdf format; please contact Megan Gregory for Word documents you can customize for your
Notes on using the Customize-able Garden Organization and Rules and Plot-Holder's
- Information that should be filled in by each garden is indicated by yellow highlighting;
these prompts can be deleted in the final Organization and Rules document. Garden
groups may also add, modify, or delete rules as they see fit.
- These documents are based on the 'allotment garden model,' in which plots are assigned
to individuals or families. However, it could be modified for a communally-managed
Community Garden Mentor Program
If you would like to have a Mentor at your garden or if you’d like to become a Mentor,
please fill out and return the appropriate form. Learn more about the Community
Garden Mentor Program on the Programs Page.
- Community Garden Mentor
Interest Form Fill out this online form if you would like more information about
becoming a Mentor.
- Mentor Request Form Fill out and return this form to request
a Mentor to help you start, revitalize, or sustain a community garden. However,
please consider identifying garden members willing to become Mentors (see above),
as this is the surest way to secure a Mentor for your garden.
Soil Sampling Assistance
Soil sampling is a critically important task that every community garden should
should complete at least once every two years. Please contact
Megan Gregory if you need help sampling your soil. Additionally, you can
look at the soil publications listed on the Printed
Materials page. When it is time to submit your soil sample, you will fill
out the form below.
Tool Lending Program
If you would like to check out tools, please review the information on the Tool Lending section of our website. Then use the online
Tool Request Form
If you don't see what you need or have any questions, please contact Megan.
Tracking Your Garden’s Harvest
How much produce did your garden grow this year? How much was shared with people
in need? Which crops and varieties did well, and which did not? Are your yields
per square foot improving with each year as you learn more about gardening?
Weighing and recording your garden’s harvest is a great way to answer these questions!
Forsyth Community Gardening encourages garden groups to track this valuable information
for their own use. Yield records can help you learn from successful (and not-so-successful)
plantings and plan for future years, communicate your garden’s impact on availability
of fresh produce, and advocate for programs that provide horticultural assistance
to community gardens.
Garden groups may use the information and forms below to track their harvests. Though
Forsyth Community Gardening is not conducting a comprehensive survey of harvest
records, you are welcome to share your garden’s information with our program by
contacting Megan. We would love to know if you feel
that our educational programs have helped you achieve increased harvest totals and/or
Please note, Forsyth Community Gardening is not formally compiling harvest records at
this time, due to limited staff capacity to promote widespread and standard record-keeping.
We hope to do this in the future, but for now we are focusing on educating community gardeners
in best horticultural practices! That said, you are welcome to share your information with our
program, as outlined above.
FCG microgrants support existing and developing community gardens that are located in, and/or
engaging and benefitting, limited resource communities within Forsyth County. Each year,
microgrants of up to $1000 are awarded to community garden groups for specific projects
designed to enhance the garden’s long-term impact on nutrition, environmental quality,
or social well-being. Gardens applying for a microgrant should have done significant
community organizing, and have a strong leadership team and sufficient number of committed
gardeners to maintain the existing or proposed garden space.
Applicant groups must include either a Community Garden Mentor OR someone who commits to
attending the next Mentor Training (for more information, see the
Community Garden Mentor Program
of our website). This person must commit to being active in the Mentor program and
providing guidance to the applicant garden for, at minimum, the upcoming growing season.
Applications are accepted once per year: from November 15 – December 15. Site visits
to finalists take place between January 15 – February 10, and awards are announced by
February 15 to allow for spring garden projects.
To apply, please follow these steps:
- Review the Microgrant Program Description and Guidelines
to learn if your group is eligible for a microgrant and for guidelines on developing your project.
- Download the Microgrant Application to begin planning your project
with your garden group.
- All applicants are required to attend a Microgrant Program Orientation Meeting in early November. FCG staff will clarify
eligibility requirements, provide guidance on the application process, and offer tips on planning and evaluating your project.
Dates will be publicized via FCG’s monthly newsletter (sign up here),
and on the FCG Home Page.
- Work with your garden group to complete your application. Applications should be filled out electronically and emailed to
Megan Gregory. If you need assistance, please contact Megan at 336-705-8823.
How do I know if my garden is eligible?
One of the requirements to apply for a microgrant is that the garden "be located in, and/or actively engaging and benefiting
limited resource communities." The garden must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Be in a census tract with more than 20% of the population living in poverty. You can verify this by entering the
garden address in the Population with Income Below Poverty map
and clicking on the census tract.
- Even if your garden is not located in one of these census tracts, it is eligible if at least one-half of all gardeners are of limited resources and/or from under-represented
communities (including, but not limited to, people of color, immigrants, and people with disabilities).
Other eligibility requirements are outlined in the Microgrant Program Description and Guidelines.